David Connolly hit his second goal in two games for Southampton to continue their good start to the new season as they won away to Barnsley. Keith Fahey was also the hero for Brum as the former Pat’s player scored the winner in a 1-0 nil win over Coventry.
Birmingham also featured Steve Carr and Adam Rooney with Coventry now pointless after two defeats despite having Joe Murphy, Richie Keogh, David Bell and Roy O’Donovan in their side.
Chris McCann and Keith Treacy couldn’t stop an Owen Garvan inspired Palace beating Burnley at Selhurst Park, the clarets going down 2-0. Noel Hunt got one for Reading in a good win away at title favourites Leicester.
Derby County had Kevin Kilbane back in the side after their shock loss midweek to Shrewsbury, skippered by James Collins, in the league cup and Kilbane performed well in a fine 1-0 away win over Mark Yates’s Watford. Mark O’Brien also featured for the Rams.
Other Irish players enjoying wins in the Championship this weekend were David Forde and Alan Dunne for Millwall and Gary Dicker for Brighton. Villian of the weekend has to be Liam Lawrence who missed a penalty for Portsmouth.
One cap wonder Jon Macken scored for Walsall in their win at Hartlepool in League One. Orient had Steve Dawson back in their side along with David Mooney but suffered another loss at home to Tranmere.
Rob Elliott enjoyed his afternoon for Charlton as his side sit on top of the league having beaten Notts County for whom Alan Sheehan . Second place are Sheff Utd for whom Stephen Quinn again impressed in beating Jonathan Douglas’s Brentford 2-0.
Across the city Wednesday went down to Bournemouth and this despite Clinton Morrison hitting the woodwork.
Stephen Gleeson and Darren Potter enjoyed a good away day for MK Dons at Exeter in a 2-0 win.
Barry Roche again attracted attention keeping a clean sheet as Morecombe won 3-0 at Hereford in League 2. He also enjoyed a good night in knocking out Barnsley in the League Cup. Fellow keeper Conrad Logan sits on top of the league as his Rotherham side hammered Plymouth 4-1.
Another Irish player enjoying his Saturday was midfielder Ian Morris as Torquay turned over former manager, Paul Buckle, and his Bristol Rovers side 2-1. John McGrath and James Collins played out a 1-1 draw at the Pirelli with Shrewsbury the better side overall but former Pat’s boss Paul Peschisolido will take the point.
Mark Byrne suffered a bad loss as his Barnet team lost out 3-1 to Port Vale. Alan McCormack also lost out with fancied Swindon going down to JJ Melligan’s Cheltenham Town.